Following our most successful season yet, it’s time to look ahead to next year. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed the company of Matty Street and his CKC crew for 2 seasons, but we’ve had to accept that we’ve outgrown each other, so it is with a heavy heart that we bid them farewell at the end of the 2021 season. We wish them every success for the future and we’re sure they’ll do well.
We’ve also enjoyed the company of 100UK this year, so we are very pleased to confirm that this fantastic class will become a permanent part of NKC, with Matthew Scott joining our team of organisers. 100UK was born out of Matthew’s fond memories of racing in the 90s and he’s clearly not alone. Very little will change as far as the drivers are concerned, but this merging of like-minded championships will help to secure our combined futures, hopefully for many years to come.
The other significant change for 2022 is the re-introduction of NKC Junior classes, specifically Junior Max, Mini Max and TKM.
We hope our new strategy will help to ease the pressure on paddock space we’ve experienced this year, whilst giving us room to grow as a championship. Our core aim is to be the best value and easiest to access national kart racing championship in the country.
The Maxxis HG1 we’ve grown to love is no longer in production, so we’ve been looking for a suitable alternative. Following a lot of deliberation and testing, we’ve decided to introduce the Maxxis Sport slick to all classes except 100UK. This tyre has a combination of grip and durability that’s similar to the HG1 and consistently produced the most positive feedback from the drivers who tested for us. In addition, many of you are already using this tyre in other series, so there is a strong supply of both new and used items. Drivers will be allowed a maximum of 2 sets for the season.
For wets all classes (except 100UK) will now use the Maxxis SLW that the Rotax classes have been using this season. Again, the supply chain for this tyre is strong, giving us stability for the medium-term future.
Both tyres are available from Dartford Karting and other sources now if you would like to get testing. As usual, 1 set of race slicks will be included with registration and other race slicks will need to be purchased through the NKC website. Wet tyres and practice slicks will also be available on the website, though you are free to get them from wherever you wish.
Of course, we’ve been working on the 2022 calendar and would like to thank our host circuits for accommodating us. The below dates remain provisional for now, though we don’t anticipate any changes.
Round 1 – 6th March – GYG
Round 2 – 3rd April – Clay Pigeon
Round 3 – 15th May – Rowrah
Round 4 – 3rd July – Whilton
Round 5 – 7th August – Llandow
Round 6 – 4th September – Fulbeck
We’ve managed to keep the costs the same as the 2021 season with £160 registration which includes your first set of race slicks and just £110 for weekend race entry.
Registrations will open on Friday 29th October.